Basil Instinct by Shelly Costa

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Audio Length: 20 minutes

Basil Instinct
by Shelly Costa
(Pocket Books June 24, 2014)


Basil Instinct
Shelly Costa
ISBN: 978-1-476709369
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Shelly Costa


Shelly Costa

All great chefs have their secrets. Some are delicious, and some are deadly, as we learn in Basil Instinct. Edgar Award-nominated author Shelley Costa’s second book in her Miracolo Restaurant mystery series, is a delightful summer read just out from Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster.

A top-secret society of female chefs, Belfiere has marinated in mystery for two centuries. With its members-only tattoo and code of omerta (code of silence), this is not your grandmother’s cooking club. Or so Eve Angelotta thinks until her own nonna—Miracolo’s feisty owner, Maria Pia—is chosen to join their shadowy ranks.

In this Authorlink audio interview, Shelley Costa talks about the unlikely way the mystery series came about, with the first book, You Cannoli Die Once. She discusses the craft of writing as a source of deep happiness, and advises authors to “stay open” to new ways to think about their work. She also gives us a look into the story line for Basil Instinct, where there are plenty of “crazies in waiting.”

Suspicious from the start (and none too thrilled at picturing her grandmother with a tattoo), Eve enlists her cousin Landon and sexy lawyer Joe Beck to uncover possible murderous designs on Maria Pia. But the prosciutto hits the fan when Eve’s sous chef turns up dead with Belfiere’s B emblazoned on her wrist…If this culinary cult wants to play hunger games, Eve will sharpen her sleuthing instincts and her knives to make sure Nonna is the last chef standing.

Praise for BASIL INSTINCT: “Costa brings a secret cooking society to light in this fascinating outing in her food-centric cozy mystery series. With Eve in charge, the characters—and readers—learn that people aren’t always who they appear to be. A great second entry!” Romantic Times ****Four Star Review

“What really will grab readers’ attention is Costa’s undeniable comedic style. These may not be people you know, but you will certainly wish your circle of friends was this colorful and amusing. Family dynamics, relationships, love interests, and murder combine artfully in this cooking-themed series…” —GoodEReader

Praise for YOU CANNOLI DIE ONCE: “An Italian food mystery series? What could be better than this! Get ready to sit down and indulge. Packed with flavorful humor as well as mystery…For those chocolate lovers, there’s even a recipe for Rebel Cannoli in the back of the book.” —Killer Nashville

“Shelley Costa serves wicked wit
 in the novel You Cannoli Die Once…wicked wit that’s a step above most and enough duplicity for the Borgias…” — (Akron Beacon Journal Online)

“A nicely crafted mystery about murder, mysteries, opera and delicious, mouth-watering Italian food.” —Romantic Times Eve Angelotta, head chef at Miracolo, serves up seconds after stopping a killer in You Cannoli Die Once, Shelley Costa’s “laugh-filled cozy debut” (Library Journal)!

Shelley Costa is an Edgar Award-nominated and internationally published author of short fiction; her stories have appeared in anthologies and journals including Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories, Blood on Their Hands, and Crimewave from the U.K. She holds a Ph.D. in English and is the author of The Everything Guide to Edgar Allan Poe. You Cannoli Die Once and Basil Instinct are the first two novels in her Miracolo Restaurant mystery series. A former New Yorker, she lives near Cleveland and is on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Art, where she teaches fiction writing and screenwriting. Visit

BASIL INSTINCT Shelley Costa Pocket Books June 24, 2014 ISBN 9781476709369 $7.99 Includes Choo Choo’s recipe for Gorgonzola and Spiced Walnuts!